Andersen Fairy Tales, Andersen-Hans Christian

What the Moon Saw-Twenty-Fourth Evening

Moon by Ashe ArterberryWhat the Moon Saw-Twenty-Fourth Evening

On the twenty-fourth evening the moon is in Frankfort looking over a peculiar scene. There is an old woman being carried down the stairs. Her sons are there. They are rich and successful. They carry her not to grand house, but to a mean little house in a dark street.

The old woman refused to leave her house for fear that the prosperity that her sons were experiencing would be lost if she left the home where it all had started. The woman had but to say a word and she would have been able to have the most wonderful mansion ever, but she did not. The woman’s name was Rothschild.

That was the twenty-fourth evening.


Rothschild is a dirty name to a lot of people. When I say “dirty,” I’m talking about people having utter disgust for the Rothschild family. People hate them. The family is very, very rich and has their fingers in a lot of pies. They are very influential in making policies and legislation around the world. If you believe the conspiracy theorists, the Rothschilds are out for your blood, essentially. They don’t care about you and they want you dead. I’ve never met a Rothschild so I couldn’t say for sure if this is true or not.

What is true is the story about the old woman. That old woman who refused to leave her house was named Gutle Rothschild. Her house actually wasn’t all that bad. It was a mansion, but it was in a less desirable part of town, being namely the Jewish part of town. The house was in disrepair, but she didn’t leave it. She was a bit superstitious and chose to remain at this house for her very long life. The woman lived to be at least 100.

The Rothschild family is an old family, but came to be a prominent banking family with the help of Mayer Rothschild, Gutle’s husband. The name essentially means “red shield” which is a reference to either their house with a red sign or their crest. No doubt Gutle’s stubbornness contributed to the success of the family.


If Mama’s not happy, aint nobody happy. Mothers can be a very large part of our lives, in fact, they are because without them we wouldn’t be here. Some mothers are more domineering and queen-like than others. Gutle Rothschild was one of those women. Her determination no doubt played a role in the success of her husband and her children. They respected her and her seemingly crazy wishes. They could have bought her a big house, two big houses, three big houses, but she wanted to stay. I don’t know if she was actually as superstitious as everyone claims she was, but it was her life and she could do what she wanted with it.

If you have a good mama, a strong mama, it can get you pretty far in life. My entire family looks up to and respects my grandmother, who not only raised five children of her own, but other people along the way. I’ve lost track of how many grandchildren my grandmother has. Then there are the great-grandchildren. Then there is the great-great-grandchild. We all look up to her and admire the things she has been able to accomplish in life. This was with her getting married at 15 and lacking a college education. Like I said, if you’ve got a determined mama, a lot of things can be good in your life.

I don’t know enough about the Rothschild family to call them evil demon, Molech-worshipping, lizard people, but their mama was a strong and determined woman.


Hans knew his stuff. I’m impressed that he knew so much about the world.

Weigh In

Does your mama have strange superstitions? If so, what are they?

Do you admire the Rothschild mama or do you think she was crazy?


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